Swather netters finish 8th at state

By Steve Sell
May 14, 2017

GARDEN CITY — Hesston High’s Jorge Morales and Jeb Carlson took sixth place in doubles in the Class 3-2-1A State Tournament on Saturday.

Morales and Carlson had an exhaustive tournament, going 5-2. After losing their second match, they won four in row before losing their finale.

“Jorge and Jeb had a strong tournament, especially Saturday,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “We were able to beat both Sterling teams that beat us last week at regionals in pretty dominating fashion. We couldn’t quite get over the hump in the fifth-place match and Ellsworth took advantage of some unforced errors.”

Hesston was eighth out of 22 teams with 13 points after being ranked in the Top 5 most of the season. Sterling captured the title.

Logan Gamble was 2-2 in singles, but did not place.

“Logan was not quite as sharp today as he has been,” Dahlsten said. “He competed hard, but had trouble winning key points.”

The doubles team of Mason Barber and Isaac Decker went 1-2 to miss the medal round.

“Matt and Isaac struggled early and couldn’t get Conway Springs, but we competed hard the rest of the day,” Dahlsten said.

Dahlsten reflected back on the season.

“All in all, I think we had a decent state tournament,” he said. “We could have done some things better, but we competed hard in a fairly deep field. We have a relatively young team this year (five of the six regulars were underclassmen), so I expected some ups and downs. But by and large I think we exceeded my expectations heading into the season. We will miss Mason next season as he was a four-year letterwinner, but I know our five that are coming back have already starting thinking about and setting goals for next season.”